'''John Smith Hurt''' (possibly March 3, 1892 or March 8, 1893
– November 2, 1966), better known as '''Mississippi John Hurt''', was an American country blues
singer and guitarist.
Raised in Avalon, Mississippi
, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. He worked as a sharecropper
and began playing at dances and parties, singing to a melodious Fingerstyle|fingerpicked
His first recordings, made for Okeh Records
in 1928, were commercial failures, and he continued to work as a farmer.
Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, located Hurt in 1963 and persuaded him to move to Washington, D.C.
He was recorded by the Library of Congress
in 1964. This helped further the American folk music revival
, which had led to the rediscovery of many other List of blues musicians|bluesmen
of Hurt's era. Hurt performed on the university and...